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News & Notes
                          Hewson Landscape, Inc.
 February 2014


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Ok, who is tired of all this snow? I definitely am! We are anxiously anticipating spring. We are heading off to Las Vegas for the National Land Improvement Contractor's winter conference, coupled with ConExpo-Con/Agg that takes place the first week of March. This show is so big, it only happens every three years. It's our first go at it, so it should be an exciting one. Anyone or thing that has to do with earth moving, will be on site. Keep warm and stay off the roads until they are cleared. I'll be in touch next month. 
All the best,
Shelly Hewson
President, Hewson Landscape Inc.  
   Welcome Aboard!

We would like to give a warm welcome to Matt Higgins, who recently came on board as our new Sr. Project Director. Matt has 25 years of experience in the green industry.  He is a graduate of Roger Williams University and has earned the title of Certified Landcape Professional. Matt owned his own landscape company and Garden Center.  He sold his business to a large national company where he worked prior to moving to Hewson.  Prior to this move Matt was promoted to Regional Manager quickly and managed revenues of over 4 million dollars with up to 150 employees. Matt's core strength's are strategic planning, budget preparation, project management, scheduling, purchasing, quality control, customer relations, financial analysis, landscape design and employee placement. We are excited and look forward to hitting the ground floor running in 2014.

Driving Trends-Do you feel safe on the road?
Here are a few statistics from the most recent AAA traffic culture index:
  • More than 68 per cent  say that people driving after drinking alcohol are a threat to their saftey, yet 14 percent admitted to driving while impaired.
  • 91 percent of driver's view running a red light, when it's possible to stop safely, as unacceptable, but more than 38 percent admitted doing it.
  • 45 percent consider drowsy driving a threat to their safety on the road, yet, approximately 30 percent had driven when they were so tired, they couldn't keep their eyes open!
  • Nearly 95 percent consider driver's who text and email behind the wheel a serious threat, yet 26 percent admitted doing it.

Attitudes towards traffic safety have shifted, and not necessarily for the better. Driver's continue to engage in the same behaviors they condem, and the attitude is "do as I say and not as I do."

 Multi tasking behind the wheel seems to be commonplace but has shown to be an increase risk in fatal crashes.

Here are a few tips to avoid distractions while driving:

  • Know your route before leaving.
  • Program the GPS or review a map prior to your trip.
  • Do Not Multi task, this takes your mind off driving.
  • Familiarize yourself with your cars controls.
  • Avoid eating or drinking as reacting to a spill could result in a crash
  • Do not TEXT and drive. Just concentrate on driving.
  • Pull off the road to a safe location if you need to take a phone call, or better yet, make use of blue tooth.

Tips on Snow Covered Plant Material

We have had such an abundance of snow, that when looking at all my trees and shrubs, I'm concerned about them surviving this winter. When looking at your slumped arbor vitae, don't try to force the branches apart. If you can gently brush off the snow, that would help. If they are split, tie them together, or you can also hard prune them, and they will come back. Ice should be left to melt on it's own. I'm also seeing alot of winter burn, especially on holly trees. These too will come back, once we thaw out. As a general rule of thumb, just leave it be. The damaage can be assessed once the snow is gone for good!


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